Here is your morning summary for Arsenal on Friday, April 9th.
The gunners face Buendía’s competition amid transfer transfers
According to Fichajes, Arsenal’s reported target Emi Buendia is the subject of interest of three Spanish clubs.
The Gunners have been linked with the Norwich City star since last summer, and the 24-year-old has shone in the championship this season.
“Everything seems to indicate” that Buendia will leave Carrow Road when the season ends, the report claims.
However, it will not be easy for Arsenal to bring down the Argentine striker, and Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and Villarreal are all interested in his signing.
Buendia was on the top list of creative midfielders in January, football.london understands.
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Arteta details the “bad decision” that cost the gunner
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta spoke of a “bad decision” that cost him a late draw against Prague’s Slavia on Thursday night.
The Czech team equalized the game in overtime to ensure they entered the return match of the Europa League quarterfinals with a score of 1-1 with a crucial away goal.
Nicolas Pepe gave the Gunners an advantage just moments before, but after a few sloppy defenses from Slavia’s corner, Tomas Holes equalized.
Speaking after the game, Arteta said that his team overplayed in a dangerous situation that led to an expensive corner.
He said: “I don’t think they switched off. I think they made a bad decision by playing the ball in the area where we were trapped. From there we entered the corner.”
Arteta added: “I think the players jumped in and gave absolutely everything. We really succeeded at certain moments, we were much more aggressive today and we created some great chances.”
Merson welcomes the importance of Xhake after the defeat by Liverpool
Paul Merson believes Granita Xhake’s absence in Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday highlighted a “blatant issue”.
Xhaka did not show up for the Gunners with the Reds who easily reached victory in north London via Diogo Jot’s apparatus and Mohamed Salah’s strike.
Former Arsenal midfielder Merson has raised the problem his old club has when there is no Swiss international.
In an interview with Sky Sports, the former gunner said: “The defeat by Liverpool just shows you how good Granit Xhaka is. He became a better player by not playing against Liverpool.
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“People tell me they don’t know what Xhaka is doing. He doesn’t score goals, he doesn’t score goals and he gets a yellow card and all that, but afford him his own, what was brilliant to see in Arsenal’s defeat is that he wants the ball.
“He will always try to get on the ball in trouble – and Arsenal did not have that.
“No one showed the ball, and in the end, the goalkeeper just picked up the ball.
“Honestly, it was amazing.”